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<< tehairarenai / tebakarihairarenai | teirai >>

て初めて [てはじめて] (tehajimete)
    Meaning: not until, only after
    Example: only after coming to japan
    JLPT Level: 1
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

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This means that it was not until a certain trigger event took place that another action/situation occurred.  
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ex #3562   2、3日たって初めて彼が到着した。  
It was not until a few days later that he arrived.  
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ex #3563   20才になって初めて、彼女は歌手になろうと決心した。  
She did not decide to be a singer until she reached the age of twenty.  
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ex #3564   あとになって初めて、それをやった理由を彼は説明した。  
Only afterward did he explain why he did it.  
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ex #3566   ずっと後になって初めて私は子供の教育の大切さを理解するようになりました。  
It was only much later that I came to understand the importance of child education.  
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ex #3567   そして14歳になって初めてピアノに触れたのです。  
And I was fourteen years old before I touched a piano for the first time.  
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ex #3568   その時になって初めて私たちが置かれている危険にきづいた。 
Only then did I see the danger we were in . .  
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ex #3569   その時になって初めて私は危険な事態に気がついたのである。  
Not till then did I realize the danger of the situation.  
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ex #3570   つい最近になって初めて彼女は考えを変えた。  
It was only recently that she changed her mind.  
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  Comments:  
Mikiex#584 We usually say えっ for うぇ Eh. 
Tanex #3568 should end with きづいた (気づく) 
majoriecan you post simple example sentences 
AkhetyThis grammar point is listed in the Shin Kanzen Master N2 Grammar book (pg.16). 
janisujisho.org list the second definition of Hajimete as: only after...is..; only when..do you after the te form of a verb. I am finding it confusing and like Majorie said could you please list some simple example sentences. Thanks 

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